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Karnataka: Siddaramaiah elected Congress Legislative Party leader, set to be CM

CNN-IBN
May 10, 2013 at 07:35pm IST

Bangalore: Prominent backward caste leader S Siddaramaiah is set to be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka after he was elected as the Congress legislative party leader by party MLAs on Friday. Siddaramaiah, along with the new cabinet ministers of Karnataka, will be sworn in on Monday morning.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Siddaramaiah said he was thankful. "My election as CLP leader was unanimous. I thank all MLAs. The CLP has endorsed my name. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi have put their faith in me. The electorate has decided that only the Congress can give a strong and stable government."

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Party leader Roshan Baig called the decision to elect Siddaramaiah as their leader as a "unanimous" one.

Siddaramaiah was always the frontrunner for the post, but there were other claimants as well such as Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.

Siddaramaiah joined the Congress in 2006. He was earlier with the Janata Dal (Secular).

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